AUGUSTA – Governor Janet Mills’ nomination of former Portland Police Chief and gun control advocate Michael Sauschuck to head Maine’s Department of Public Safety, which includes the state police and other law enforcement departments, is probably the most controversial nomination she has made thus far.
In the last few days the Maine Gun Safety Coalition, a group that also has ties to Bloomberg, appears to have scrubbed video of one of Sauschuck’s speeches from their website in advance of his February 1st confirmation hearing before the Maine Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.
Gun rights activists have spoken loudly against Sauschuck’s nomination, pointing to previous statements and ties to anti-gun groups funded by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as major causes for concern.
The screenshot below shows that video of Mr. Sauschuck’s speech at a student walkout for gun control in Portland, where he spoke representing the Maine Gun Safety Coalition has been taken down from the group’s website, leaving just a message that says “This video is unavailable.”
SCREENSHOT OF MAINE GUN SAFETY COALITION WEBSITE SHOWING VIDEO OF SAUSCHUCK SPEECH HAS BEEN SCRUBBED:
If the Maine Gun Safety Coalition group is taking down video of Mr. Sauschuck speaking, it is likely an attempt to hide certain statements from public view before members of the Legislature have a chance to research and then publicly question him at his hearing.
Brakey weighed in on the scrubbing of the Sauschuck video saying, “Maine people have a right to know the anti-gun agenda of Governor Janet Mills’ nominee for Commissioner of Public Safety, but instead Mike Sauschuck and his Bloomberg-financed allies are trying to cover up his radical past. “
“They clearly don’t want Maine people to see this video of Mike Sauschuck
calling to ban many firearms and firearm accessories commonly-owned by Maine
hunters and sportsmen, all while using his position in law enforcement to
propagandize Portland high school students on gun control.
“Mike Sauschuck’s anti-gun values may be cheered in Portland, but for the rest of Maine, they are unacceptable.”
Mr. Sauschuck will have a hearing before the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety on February 1st.
The Free Maine Campaign had previously saved the video of Sauschuck’s now scrubbed speech, which can be viewed below. Among other things, Sauschuck stated support of banning certain types of firearms during the speech.